Coronavirus Israel Live: Israel Relaxes Emergency Regulations for Those Returning From Abroad

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Israel and the Palestinians are working to curb the spread of COVID-19 among their populations.

■ 16,346 people in Israel have so far tested positive for the coronavirus; 239 people have died. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 527 people tested positive; two people have died. In the Gaza Strip, 20 people were diagnosed, 12 of which recovered. 

– corona-stats

■ The Israeli government approved a series of steps to ease the lockdown restrictions, including allowing group prayer, partial reopening of the economy and stores, and fines for not wearing masks in public. Some coronavirus wards started closing as cases decline.

■ Coronavirus tracker: Live stats of cases and deaths


11:26 P.M. Israel reopens malls, markets and gyms

As part of the steps Israel has taken to ease the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the government, malls, markets and gym are allowed to reopen starting Thursday.